Mombasa to drive car bazaars out of city centre

Abdulwahab Mbarak
Mombasa County Chief Officer Finance Abdulwahab Mbarak (left) responds to residents concerns during the Public Participation Forum to discuss the Mombasa County 2018/2019 Financial Billat Tononoka Hall in Mombasa in this photo taken on 8th September 2018. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG 

Mombasa County plans to throw out car bazaars from the Central Business District (CBD), halting the licensing and registration of new facilities.

The move, which will see them shifted to Miritini, is meant to return the city to its tourism glory.

Mombasa has established itself as the go- to place for second hand cars, with more than 200 car yards taking up the city’s prime streets to cash in on the booming business serving not just the coast region, but the entire country.

The car bazaars generate about Sh12 million annually for the county government.

On Thursday, Trade, Investment and Tourism chief officer Abdulwahab Mbarak confirmed the decision and said talks between the investors and the county were in top gear.


“We have temporarily halted the licensing to pave way for the negotiations. Once completed then we shall open the system,” said Mr Mbarak.

He said talks with the car bazaar owners and their leaders have been fruitful since the start of the year, and soon a decision would be arrived at.

“We are about to come to an agreement with the leaders of the car bazaars and God willing, by the end of this month, we shall have agreed on the plan of the movement of the business from the CBD to Miritini,” said Mr Mbarak, adding that the most important thing is that the importers have agreed to move to Miritini

The officer said that the move to relocate them was in line with the Mombasa County Vision 2035, a document that was passed by the assembly in the first term of Governor Hassan Joho’s administration.